New Bike Safety Measures in Effect
New legislation out of Tallahassee changes the rules regarding bicycles and interaction with them by motorists. The new measures are aimed at providing better safety for bicyclists.
No passing zones no longer apply to motorists who are driving to the left of center to pass a cyclist. As always, motorists must give a bicycle at least three feet of passing clearance.
Senate Bill 950 also allows cyclists riding in a group to proceed through an intersection as a group, after first coming to a full stop. Motorists must let one group pass before proceeding.
Finally, a vehicle making a right turn while passing a cyclist can do so only if the cyclist is at least 20 feet from the intersection and at a safe distance for the driver to make the turn.
To help raise awareness of these safety precautions, the state will be adding bicycle safety questions to the driver’s license exam.